News and Notices
Register Ready—NJ Special Needs Registry for Disasters
The New Jersey Office of Emergency Managment offers a free, confidential registry designed to help emergency responders locate and safely evacuate those with special needs in the event of a major disaster. If you or someone you know may find it difficult to get to safety during an emergency because of a physical or cognitive limitation, language barrier, or lack of transportation register today at registerready.nj.gov.
Notice about "Free Dirt"Lafayette has been receiving numerous complaints about "FREE DIRT" being dumped within the town. There are ads on various social media sites offering "FREE DIRT" with some offering to spread the dirt for free. Please use caution as much of this dirt is coming from urban areas and may not meet NJ clean fill standards, meaning it may be contaminated. Refer to Ordinance 2019-08, written to help control the amount and quality of fill coming into town. If you are considering getting free dirt call our zoning official and discuss ways of protecting yourself.
Reflective Address MarkersThe Lafayette Fire Department is selling reflective address markers to help emergency responders find your home in an emergency. Help them to find you. Order your markers today! Click here for more information/order form.
Interest Survey on Switching to Natural GasWe are reaching out to Lafayette Township residents to gauge interest in extending natural gas to our community. If there is enough interest, Elizabeth Gas will evaluate the feasibility of providing natural gas to you. Click here for additional information and the survey. For additional questions and/or concerns, contact Matthew Wenneis at 908-329-2920, Rich Bruning at email@example.com, or Rick Hughes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Municipal Board VacanciesInterested in becoming more active in the Township? There are vacancies on the Land Use Board and Recreation Commission. See the Volunteer Application; the second page describes the boards. If you are interested, please forward an application to AnnaRose Fedish, Municipal Clerk.
Lafayette Teen Named Hometown Hero
Cody Farischon of Lafayette was honored as a recipient of the Fifth District Hometown Hero Award. The award is given to New Jersey residents dedicated to improving the lives of their neighbors, families and all of New Jersey. Cody is most deserving of this award for his hard work on replacing all of the Welcome to Lafayette signs. The sign replacement was part of Cody's Eagle Scout project which earned him the highest award in Boy Scouting; The Eagle Scout Award. Cody is a senior at High Point where he is a member of the football team. And as if that is not enough, Cody volunteers on the Lafayette Township Fire Department and recently joined the Lafayette Township EMS where he is a Cadet in training. Congratulation Cody and thank you for your service to our community.
Land Conservancy Preserves 43-Acres in LafayetteThe property known as Statesville Quarry Ridge Preserve Addition was preserved with funding from Lafayette Township Open Space Trust, the New Jersey Green Acres Program and the Sussex County Open Space Trust. Read full press release.
Cold Weather SafetyCarbon Monoxide Kills Every Year. Read this public safety notice on how not to be the poison center's next statistic.
Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine NoticeThis week, the New Jersey Department of Agriculture published information regarding the Spotted Lanternfly, which has been spotted in both Mercer and Warren Counties. To prevent the spread of the Spotted Lanternfly, the State Department of Agriculture has quarantined the two affected counties and Hunterdon County. Businesses and the general public in the quarantine area are required to obtain and fill out a New Jersey residence checklist before moving any of the articles listed on its website. Business entities that routinely travel in and out of the quarantine area are required to take and pass training regarding the Spotted Lanternfly, which is supplied for free by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture at http://bit.ly/2K92DdZ. Information on the website also serves to inform the public about how to identify the Spotted Lanternfly and minimize its movement. For additional information, please visit the link above or contact Jeff Wolfe at (609) 633-2954, email@example.com. posted 8/3/18
Open Burning InformationThe municipal office has received several phone calls recently about open (outside) burning. The Department of Environmental Protection regulates open burning to limit the production of smoke in the interest of air quality, and to reduce the potential of wildfire devastating our natural resources and the surrounding communities. To view regulations and restrictions for outdoor burning, please refer to the Open Burning Regulations pamphlet.
Tax Abatement ProgramLafayette Township has a Tax Abatement program for the construction of new commercial and industrial structures. If you are interested or know of anyone interested in new commercial or industrial development, please contact Jason Laliker, Tax Assessor at 973-383-1817 ext.13 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Board of Health News: RadonLafayette Township is participating in the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Radon Awareness Grant Program. Radon is a radioactive gas that occurs naturally when uranium and radium breakdown in the soil and rock formations and is a serious health risk. Radon is a gas that you cannot smell or taste. It causes about 21,000 lung cancer deaths every year. Testing is simple and FREE. If you are interested in testing your home for radon, just stop by the municipal building to pick up your free test kit. You will receive a test kit, instructions on how to use it and an envelope to mail the test kit to the contracted lab. The lab will send the results directly to the homeowner. There is a limited number of kits available and they will be handed out on a first come first serve basis. For questions, please call Stephanie at 973-383-1817 ext. 11 or email email@example.com.
Open Space/Farmland Preservation News
Lafayette Township Open Space Committee Morgan Farm UpdateThe Lafayette Township Open Space Committee is pleased to report progress on a new acquisition project. In 2017, Lafayette formalized a contract with the Morgan family to purchase a portion of an old farm on Gorney Road. Your Township Open Space Committee made a formal presentation to the Sussex County Open Space Committee last fall and facilitated a site visit to seek funding from the County to contribute toward the overall purchase price. The County Open Space Committee recommended that the Sussex County Freeholders award $100,000 to Lafayette to support the project. The Freeholders took action on that recommendation at their December 13, 2017 meeting and approved the funding. Lafayette will use its Green Acres Planning Incentive Grant funding and a minimal amount of the Lafayette Open Space Trust Fund for the balance of the funding needed to complete the purchase of approximately 48 acres that will be added to the Township’s open space inventory. The purchase once completed will enhance the Statesville Quarry Ridge Preserve and meet several of Township’s identified open space goals to protect Lafayette’s beautiful viewsheds, a category one waterway, and a forested area that will allow for passive recreation and habitat for threatened and endangered species. Look for further details in the next several months.
Ownership Guidelines for Your Home's Electrical System
JCP&L UpdateJersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) reminds customers that they need to be aware that individual outages to their homes may require an electrician and inspection before service can be restored. For information that helps explain what equipment customers may need an electrician to address before restoration can be completed, click here.
To All Township Residents from the Sussex County Health Department: What Should the Division of Health Focus On?
We're reaching out to you because you are connected with Sussex County Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Health. Sussex County Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Health is a partner of the North Jersey Health Collaborative, a group of more than 150 organizations working together to create healthy communities and healthy people [http://www.njhealthmatters.org]. Every three years, we try to figure out what topics we should focus on to improve health in northern New Jersey.
To make sure we choose the things that really matter, we need to hear from people who live and work in our communities. This is your chance to tell us what you think we should focus on. This should take about 12 minutes and you can skip any questions you do not want to answer. Your answers are completely confidential (they won't be shared with your name) and whether or not you want to share your voice is up to you. If you would like to get a copy of the results, be involved in future conversations, or enter for a chance to win $100, you can add your contact information at the end.
Smoke Detectors Need Ten-Year Sealed BatteriesEffective January 1, 2019 all battery smoke detectors mush be ten-year sealed battery units. No other detectors other than those on this list will be approved or accepted.
Keep Your Mailbox ClearA friendly reminder from our mailcarriers: Please do not place garbage cans or bags in front of your mailbox on garbage collection days. It makes it difficult to deliver your mail. Thank you.
No ParkingLafayette Township Residents: Please be advised that no person shall park a vehicle upon any municipal street, road or right-of-way between November 1 of each year and April 30 of the following year. Violators will be towed. (Ordinance 2014-13, adopted December 16, 2014)
Vietnam Memorial WalkwayThank you to Nick and Gene from Lafayette Village Associates (Olde Lafayette Village owners) for their generous donation of providing for the replacement of the walkway at the Vietnam Memorial located on Route 15.
Clean Energy ProgramReceive tax-free money to make energy related improvements. Download flier.
The Beautification of Route 15 SiloSee photos.
Foreclosure HelpIf you are in danger of losing your home to foreclosure, the New Jersey Hardest HIt Fund (NJHHF) programs may be able to help. The fund offers up to $50,000 in assistance to save your home. Download flier for more information or go to njhousing.gov/foreclosure.
Discover NJDEP Podcast: Bear SafetyDiscover DEP podcast focuses on bear safety in New Jersey: nj.gov/dep/podcast/. More New Jersey bear safety information can be found at: nj.gov/dep/fgw/bearfacts_safetytips.htm. You can report black bear damage or nuisance behavior to DEP’s 24-hour, toll-free hotline at 1-877-927-6337.
JCP&L Tips for a Power OutageJCP&L has published a free brochure on how to mangage through a power outage. Click here to download. (534 kb)
JCP&L Generator Safety Tips
Jersey Central Power & Light reminds customers to take precautions when using generators during power outages. Emergency power generators offer an option for customers needing or wanting uninterrupted service. However, to ensure the safety of the home’s occupants as well as that of utility company employees who may be working on power lines in the area, the proper generator should be selected and installed by a qualified electrician. When operating a generator, the power coming from the home should always be disconnected. Otherwise, power from the generator could be sent back into the utility lines, creating a hazardous situation for utility workers.
“Carbon monoxide poisoning is an immediate danger and more prevalent during storms of this magnitude,” says Diane Calello, MD, NJ Poison Control Center Executive and Medical Director, Rutgers NJ Medical School’s Department of Emergency Medicine. “Rest assured that the state’s poison control center will be here to respond to your calls for help, 24/7.
Don’t be the next statistic, carbon monoxide (CO) is a gas that gives no warning – you cannot see it, smell it or taste it. To make matters worse, symptoms of CO poisoning can easily be confused with symptoms of viral illnesses like the common cold or seasonal flu. If you suspect CO poisoning, handle it as a medical emergency.
“If you are using a gas generator, please do so safely to prevent being exposed to CO gas, which can be fatal to you and those around you,” says Calello.
Below are key safety tips that may potentially save your life or the life of a loved one. For those who have social media, follow the NJ Poison Center on FB and Twitter for storm safety as well as other injury prevention tips.”
Reduce your risk of CO exposure/poisoning:
- Only use generators outside. Keep them more than 20 feet from both you and your neighbor’s home, doors, or windows. Carbon monoxide gas can blow back into a building if too close.
- Clear snow from all heating and dryer vents.
- Gas appliances must have adequate ventilation. If need be, keep a window slightly cracked to allow airflow.
- Open flues when fireplaces are in use.
- Never use the stove to heat your home/apartment.
- Do not bring generators, pressure washers, grills, camp stoves, or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside your home, basement, garage, carport, camper, boat cabin, or tent – or even outside near an open window or door.
- DO NOT cook with charcoal indoors.
- DO NOT idle a car in a closed garage. Once you pull in, immediately turn off the engine.
- Do not idle a car in a snowbank. If stuck in the snow, make sure to clear the tailpipe and surrounding area to prevent exhaust fumes from entering the car.
- If you do not have any carbon monoxide detectors, install them right away. If your detectors are old and/or not working properly, replace them right away. Check the batteries and replace if needed.
If you suspect Carbon Monoxide poisoning, take immediate action:
- If someone is unconscious or unresponsive, get him or her out of the house and call 9-1-1 immediately.
- Exit the house/building immediately. Do not waste time opening windows. This will delay your escape and cause you to breathe in even more dangerous fumes.
- Contact your local fire department/energy provider.
- Call the NJ Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 for immediate treatment advice.Do not waste time looking for information on the internet about carbon monoxide poisoning. Call us for fast, free and accurate information.
Poison control centers are a great resource for information and emergencies. Keep us at your fingertips. Save the Poison Help line (1-800-222-1222) as a contact in your phone. You can reach New Jersey’s poison experts in the following ways: call 1-800-222-1222, chat via www.njpies.org, or text firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help is Just a Phone Call Away!
JCP&L's MyTown Feature Offers Valuable Municipal Information
The MyTown link on the Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) 24/7 Power Center provides comprehensive municipal outage and infrastructure information for every municipality in the company’s service area. Designed to help JCP&L customers access the important information they need during power outages, MyTown includes a summary of current outages as well as a snapshot of each community’s electric infrastructure. During major weather events, expanded information is available, including the cause of the outages, the time of the earliest reported outage, and the estimated restoration time. To obtain the latest outage information about your municipality, click the “MyTown” link on the JCP&L 24/7 Power Center or go to www.firstenergycorp.com/mytown.